1. What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease (Periodontitis) is a common condition that affects your gums and eventually the bone around your teeth. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, so it’s important to catch gum disease early and visit your dentist for regular cleanings.
2. What Are The Causes Of Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs when bacteria build up along your gum line. The main cause of gum disease is plaque, which forms when you don’t brush effectively and frequently enough. Plaque buildup can also be caused by other factors like smoking, stress, certain medications, and even certain types of food.
3. How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing after meals will help reduce the risk of gum disease. But adding an oral rinse that contains fluoride to your daily routine can strengthen teeth and prevent cavities from forming. If you want to get an even deeper clean, consider visiting our office for a professional cleaning. Research shows that patients who visit their dentist regularly for a professional cleaning have improved gum health.
4. How Is Gum Disease Treated?
The treatment of gum disease depends on the severity of the infection and the stage it has reached. A dentist can usually treat gum disease with local measures, such as scaling and root planing. For advanced cases of gum disease, a dental surgeon may need to perform surgery to remove any infected teeth or tissue to relieve pressure on the affected area. The gum disease treatment options listed above are considered conservative treatments. The most common aggressive treatment for severe periodontitis is surgery to remove some or all of the bone supporting that tooth. This is called flap surgery or an osseous resection.
Gum Disease Is A Serious Condition That Can Have Negative Consequences For Your Oral Health. Thankfully, There Are Steps You Can Take To Prevent Gum Disease, And There Are Effective Treatments Available If You Do Develop Gum Disease. Be Sure To Visit Your Dentist Regularly For Professional Cleanings And Check-Ups To Catch Any Gum Disease Early.